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AHIS3212 – Sparta and Greece, Archaic and Classical

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convener
Paul McKechnie
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Lecturer
Gil Davis
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Lecturer
Ian Worthington
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Lecturer
Kenneth Sheedy
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Lecturer
Ian Plant
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above including 20cp in AHIS or AHST units at 2000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
When the Delphic oracle said, 'Make the Greek your friend,' Croesus, king of Lydia, made a move to get an alliance with the Spartans. Greece's most powerful city-state in military terms through the archaic period and beyond, Sparta was admired in the ancient world for its unique qualities. Admired, but not usually imitated, because the Spartans chose a path which few others wanted to follow. In this unit the phenomenon of Sparta in the archaic and classical periods will be studied. The focus will be both inwards to how the Spartans led their lives and organised their state, and outwards to how the Spartan way of life impacted on others in Greece and beyond. In part, this is a story of conquest, war, and desperate struggles against enemies within and beyond; but in part, the narrative also addresses the question of how to be a Greek. The answer which was developed at Athens brought democracy and tragedy into the world, and was midwife to the birth of moral philosophy; but another answer was created at Sparta--an answer which was all about cohesion and disciplined effort to attain community goals.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate understanding and retention of information from primary sources relating to Sparta and Greece in the archaic and classical periods.
  • ULO2: Understand and interpret published archaeological data relating to Sparta and Greece in the archaic and classical periods.
  • ULO3: Interpret primary literary sources relating to Sparta and Greece in the archaic and classical periods, studied in English translation.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate critical understanding and evaluation of modern academic studies of Sparta and Greece in the archaic and classical periods, in English.
  • ULO5: Present written work to a high standard, with relevant footnoting and accurate bibliographies.
  • ULO6: Create analytical and argumentative studies relating to important questions in Greek history.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Successful Completion

To complete the unit successfully, you will need to achieve an overall mark of 50% or above.

Extensions

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Faculty Late Submission Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assignments (in this case, the Week 2 quiz).

Lectures and Seminars

Attendance at lectures and tutorials is important: please be present.

Electronic Resources

There will be a unit iLearn site, on which readings and resources will be placed.  PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Any problem, contact onehelp@mq.edu.au (9850 4357) and not the unit convener.

Assessment Submission.

The Week 2 quiz is done in iLearn. All written work must be submitted through the turnitin links for the second and third assessment items on iLearn.

Unit Schedule

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Lecture Schedule

 

 

Topic

By

Week 1

1

The Spartan mirage: greatness and the illusion of changelessness

PMcK

2

Tyrtaeus and the fragmentary seventh century

PMcK

Week 2

3

Conquest and colonization; Malkin’s Myth and Territory in the Spartan Mediterranean

PMcK

4

Tutorial

Lycurgus

IP

Week

3

5

Spartan society 1: kingship, ephors, gerousia; equals, perioikoi, helots.

GD

6

Spartan society 2: sussitia, army

GD

Week 4

7

Spartan society 3: patronage, guest-friendship; women, land

GD

8

Tutorial

Discussion about Spartan society

GD

Week 5

9

Archaeology of Sparta

GD

10

Sparta and Persia in the sixth century

PMcK

Week 6

11

The Marathon campaign and the Greek alliance

PMcK

12

Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea

PMcK

Week 7

13

Tutorial

Funding the Spartan fleet

GD

14

Athenian and Spartan alliances; Pausanias and the foundation of the Delian League; Sparta and Athens 478-450

PMcK

Week 8

15

The Peloponnesian War begins

PMcK

16

Brasidas and the northern campaign; Pylos and Sphacteria. The debate over Sicily.

PMcK

Week 9

17

Tutorial

Follow the money

KS

18

The Sicilian expedition. Sparta and Persia cut a deal. Spartan fleets and their funding; Lysander: sources and personality.

GD

Week 10

19

Spartan victory in the Aegean. Dekarchies, and Spartan officers abroad. Athens taken over (404): Athenian democracy restored (403).

GD

20

Sources for fourth-century history:  Xenophon, Diodorus Siculus, Hellenica Oxyrhynchia

PMcK

Week 11

21

The Spartan hegemony and other fourth-century hegemonies

IW

22

Sparta from 375 to Leuctra

PMcK

Week 12

23

Epaminondas in the Peloponnese

PMcK

24

The revival of Messenia

PMcK

Week 13

25

Modern reception of Sparta

GD

26

Seminar

Directions in Spartan research

IW, GD, KS, IP, PMcK

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Results

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Changes from Previous Offering

This unit has been reshaped as compared to the previous AHIS335/AHIX335. Changes are partly directed to suiting the 2020 curriculum renewal, and partly to reflecting the latest Spartan research.